Surcoat (Jinbaori) for a Boy
late 18th–early 19th century
Wool, silk brocade, metallic yarn, wool
H. 28 in. (71.1 cm); W. 18.7 in. (47.4 cm)
Purchase, Charles and Ellen Baber Gift, 2012
Not on view
Surcoats for children are very rare. This example probably was made for use in the Genpukushiki ceremony, in which the son of a samurai family was officially recognized as an adult and which usually was held when the boy was between the ages of twelve and fifteen. The fine materials and workmanship of this surcoat indicate that it was made for a member of an upper-class family.
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